This is your best subplot to Ghana vs. the US (6 pm, ESPN, tonight): the tiny African nation is rationing electricity so everyone can watch the match. According to a report, low water levels have resulted in a power shortage, and, according to Quartz:
To ensure that World Cup viewing won’t be interrupted, Ghana is purchasing 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast. Power plants will also be running at maximum capacity, and Volta Aluminum, the nation’s largest smelter and a large drain on electricity, will slow production during the match.
US-Ghana is a fascinating matchup on multiple fronts.
1) Ghana eliminated the US 2-1 in the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. They got a goal in the 93rd minute.
2) Ghana beat the US 2-1 in the first round of the 2006 World Cup. It’s beyond time for payback.
3) The last US soccer coach, Bob Bradley, nearly got Egypt into the 2014 World Cup … but Egypt was eliminated by Ghana.
4) It’s a must-win for the US because its next two opponents are better – Portugal and Germany.
Apologies in advance for this terrifying GIF. Now I’ll show myself the door so I can put on my Claudia Reyna jersey for the 1st half of the match. I’ll be switching to Marcelo Balboa for the 2nd half.
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